Jack Black desperately wanted to use a Led Zeppelin song in School Of Rock but the band was notoriously reluctant to let their music be used in films. The director suggested having Black record a personal plea to the band members, in front of a crowd of 1,000 extras. It worked. youtu.be/SFDMyiUjoWU
All beaches in Hawaii, outside of military bases, are public. Landowners are even required to maintain public access paths to the beach in front of their property. exoticestates.com/blog/20…
Today I learned of the 'Banksy of Grammar', who at night would correct punctuation on shop fronts in the city of Bristol npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
On the set of Blade: Trinity, Jessica Biel was supposed to fire an arrow directly at the camera, so the camera was surrounded by Plexiglass except for a 2" x 2" square in front of the camera lens. Biel managed to shoot the arrow through the hole and destroy the $300,000 camera. youtu.be/VApoQKeCcVk
H.R. Giger was invited to design the Batmobile for Batman Forever but his design was rejected: His unique "X" shaped design was to include articulated front legs/mandibles, retractable fins, and gatling gun emplacements on each of the four pods on the sides of the vehicle superpunch.net/2009/11/hr…
During World War I, the German government carried out a census of Jews to prove that german Jews weren't pulling their weight in the war effort. What they found out instead was that Jews were overrepresented on the front lines. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jud…
Today I learned about Bill Millin, a Scottish soldier who walked up and down the beaches of Normandy on D-Day playing the bagpipes. Two captured German snipers would reveal why the piper at the front hadn’t been shot at. They said it was because they thought he was β€˜dummkopf’, a foolhardy idiot. history.co.uk/article/the…
The Prince hit β€œPurple Rain” was actually recorded in front of an audience at a charity event and that guitarist Wendy Melvoin was only 19 at the time and playing the song live for the very first time. wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple…
Cats commonly have white bellies and paws because when pigment develops in the womb, it starts along what will become the spine and works its way around to the front. Sometimes pigmentation doesn’t make it all the way around, resulting in color on top and white on the bottom. reuters.com/article/us-ca…
The Song Jeremy (Pearl Jam) was about Jeremy Wade Delle, and that he committed Suicide in front of his classmates and Teacher in 1991..Richardson, Texas. fivehorizons.com/songs/au…
Today I learned of 'Death by GPS,' or the deaths of people who follow their GPS systems off cliffs, into lakes, and deep into the desert. These deaths are mainly attributed to "uncritical acceptance of turn-by-turn commands and paying more attention to the navigation system than what is in front of them." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dea…
Cato the Elder(a notoriously uptight grouch) expelled a man from the roman senate for embracing his wife in public and in front of their daughter. Cato went on to say that he never hugs his own wife, except during thunderstorms, and added that "thunderstorms make him a really happy man" penelope.uchicago.edu/Tha…
In the 2010 UK General Election, Oasis front man Noel Gallagher voted for a pirate as a protest vote, one of two pirates on the ballot. The pirate he voted for was portrayed by YouTuber Tom Scott who only on the ballot after losing a bet over the Superbowl. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noe…
Paul McCartney wrote the song, β€œShe’s Leaving Home”, after reading a story on the front page of the Daily Mail about girl who ran away from her parents. The girl, Melanie Coe, coincidentally met McCartney when he chose her as the prize winner in a dancing contest three years earlier rollingstone.com/feature/…
Joyce Vincent, the woman who died in her apartment and lay undiscovered in front of her TV which kept running for three years, was actually very popular in real life but somehow, no one noticed when she died. theguardian.com/film/2011…
Graves in Okinawa, Japan are built with courtyards and seating in the front to host lively family picnics atlasobscura.com/articles…
Notorious killer, Richard Kulinski, once put a body into a barrel of cement and left it in front of a diner. He regularly visited the diner waiting for the body to be discovered until one day the barrel went missing. The diner's patrons never discussed it and the body was never recovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ric…
When Germany invaded Belgium in World War I, King Albert I took personal command of the Belgian Army. He led his army for 4 years, fighting alongside his troops, while his wife, Queen Elisabeth, worked as a nurse at the front. His 12 year-old son, the Crown Prince, also fought in the ranks en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alb…
Author Fyodor Dostoevsky was sentenced to die, led in front of a firing squad, and about to be shot to death when at the last second he was pardoned by the Tsar of Russia. wiki.ubc.ca/The_Mock-exec…
, the head of the Tijuana Cartel was shot by an assassin who infiltrated his birthday party dressed as a clown. He was shot point blank in front of friends and family en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fra…
In 2018 an Oregon man stole a car in front of deputies and led them on a 40-mile chase. When he got arrested, he explained that he had taken LSD and thought he was living a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto. oregonlive.com/pacific-no…
Cher was the first woman to regularly display her belly button on television, becoming the first woman to do so in front of a live studio audience in 1971 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cul…
J.F.K Jr secretly met with Princess Diana ditching Prince Charles. This meeting largely went unnoticed by the press as when discussing methods to go incognito they decided on going through the front door as the press wouldn’t ever think of them doing so. vogue.com/article/jfk-jr-…
Today I learned about the 1961 Bobo doll experiment to study aggresion. Researchers physically abused an inflatable Clown doll in front of children, who then mimicked the behaviour, attacking Bobo in a similar fashion. britannica.com/event/Bobo…
Today I learned about Fritz Schmenkel, a Wehrmacht soldier on the eastern front who, on 1941, in Belarus, defected to Soviet partisans, fighting along them under the name of "Ivan Ivanovich" and receiving the Order of the Red Banner. On 1943, he was caught by German troops and shot en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fri…
Major Pentagon officials once called Five Guys and requested them to break their no delivery rule. Not only did they refuse, the restaurant's founder ordered a 22-foot banner saying "ABSOLUTELY NO DELIVERY" and hung it in front of the store. Business from Pentagon employees increased. mentalfloss.com/article/6…
Hipparchia of Maroneia demanded to marry cynic philosopher Crates despite her parents objecting. Crates, removed his clothes in front of her parents and declared "this is the bridegroom and this is his property". They got married and lived in the streets as cynics, often having sex in public en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hip…
Trent Reznor recorded the album The Downward Spiral at the mansion where the Manson Family murdered Sharon Tate and her friends. He built a studio in the house, which he renamed Le Pig, after the word that was scrawled on the front door in Tate's blood. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tre…
Serial killer Richard Ramirez spent time in his youth with his Vietnam Veteran cousin who spoke of his love for killing, polaroids of severed heads, and taught him military tactics until the cousin shot and killed his wife in front of Ramirez. He plead insanity and was not charged. stmuhistorymedia.org/crea…
There is a phenomena called the Cheshire Cat effect described as "stationary objects seen in one eye to disappear from view when an object in motion crosses in front of the other eye", also known as binocular rivalry en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The German parliament building, the Reichstag, has a memorial outside its front entrance, dedicated to its members of parliament that died "unnaturally" during the Nazi years, most in prisons or concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem…
The New York Times was one of the last newspapers to adopt color photography, with the first color photograph on the front page appearing on October 16, 1997. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
In 2015, Neil Moore, a prisoner serving time for a $2.7 million fraud conviction, walked out the front gate of a high security prison by forging his own release papers. npr.org/sections/thetwo-w…
Rosa Parks encountered James Blake for the first time in 1943. Parks entered the bus being driven by Blake through the front door, whereupon Blake asked her to disembark and board the bus through the back door. She got off and vowed never to ride with Blake again. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
The son of Dmitri Mendeleev, who created the modern periodic table, designed a tank that was essentially a box with a gun on the front during ww1. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Men…
The depression on the front of the elbow or at the flexure of the arm is called the chelidon biologyonline.com/diction…
The flag of Paraguay is the only flag to have 2 sides, on one side Paraguay's coat of arms (As shown here) and on the other a lion sitting in front of a pole mounted by a cap with the national motto, Paz y Justicia (Peace and Justice worldatlas.com/flags/para…
On a UNICEF trip to Africa in 2008, Salma Hayek decided to breast-feed a local baby in front of the camera. The sick baby was born the same day but a year after her child, who wasn’t weaned. She later told how her Mexican great-grandma had spontaneously breast-fed a hungry baby in her village. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wet…
2 donkeys that have been together for 10 years at a zoo in Poland were separated after a local politician and parents complained about them mating in front of children. Experts weighted in and a petition to rejoin them got 7,000 signatures so the zoo put them back together. thestar.com/news/world/20…
Flies only use their front two wings to fly. Their rear wings have evolved into sensory organs that allow for "advanced aerobatics" ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
New Orleans architectural historian Samuel Wilson, Jr. stated that the term "shotgun" house is a reference to the idea that if all the doors are opened, a shotgun blast fired into the house from the front doorway will fly cleanly to the other end and out at the back. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sho…
The tround, short for triangular round, was designed by David Dardick in the mid-1950s for use in his open-chamber line of weapons. It may sound strange, but the open cylinder allowed rounds to be fed into the weapon via the side as opposed to the front or rear. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dar…
Lincoln loved cats so much that he once fed them from the table during a formal White House dinner. When his wife told him that it was β€œshameful in front of their guests,” he replied β€œIf the gold fork was good enough for former President James Buchanan, I think it is good enough for Tabby.” mentalfloss.com/article/8…
When people act like Frankenstein's monster, they often stretch their arms out in front of them because of the 1943 movie Frankenstein Meets the Wolf-Man. In the movie the monster is blinded and has to walk holding his hands in front of him. wikipedia.org/wiki/Franke…
Today I learned about Aleen Cust, the first woman veterinary surgeon in the UK and Ireland. She practiced as a vet for 25 years before she was officially recognised by the RCVS. During this time, she owned her own practice and volunteered at the front lines of WWII treating horses en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ale…
After graduating college at 13 with a degree in Mathematics, child genius Promethea Pythaitha received considerable unwanted attention from the Greek-American Community, including an obsessive stalker who was killed in front of her house. en.goodtimes.my/2017/12/1…
That, contrary to expectations, objects with greater drag generate less heat when entering the atmosphere. This is because a pocket of air forms in front of the object. After this was discovered in 1951, vehicles such as the Apollo capsule were designed to enter the atmosphere blunt-end first. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atm…
The CIA established a front company run by Oliver North to outbid Marlon Brando for the rights to a script on the Iran-Contra scandal theconversation.com/amp/w…
When Cambyses II of Persia invaded Egypt, knowing Egyptians loved cats and animals, he had his soldiers draw Bastet on their shields, and bring every animal they could find to be in front of his army. Celebrating his victory, Cambyses threw cats from a bag at Egyptian’s faces. ancient.eu/Bastet/
In 2014, Delain's bassist, Otto Schimmelpenninck van der Oije, was injured when he walked in front of a streamer cannon on stage. He then went on to finish the set and an encore, all with a ruptured testicle. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Del…

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